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I have thrived outside my comfort zone: Taapsee

Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu who is known for films like ‘Pink’, ‘Mission Mangal’ and the recent ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ was in Goa for the ongoing 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). NT BUZZ caught up with the actress

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Ever since her debut in the Bollywood film industry, Taapsee Pannu has given some phenomenal performances with films like ‘Pink’, ‘Naam Shabana’, and ‘Mission Mangal’. And the actress who was down in Goa for IFFI, admitted that she has indeed been lucky when it comes to roles.

“I have been lucky to get some really good opportunities in all languages and to work with some really amazing directors in the film industry,” she says.

 In fact, early on in her career she was fortunate to work with Big B himself in ‘Pink’, that saw her in a strong female role. “When the film ‘Pink’ came about nobody ever thought I would get that kind of role to play because I was new in Bollywood. And with Bachchan heading the cast, nobody expected I would have a big role,” she says. Indeed, she has become the envy of many for getting a chance to work with Big B so early in her career, a feat she accomplished twice. “I am sure I will get another chance to work with him so I will complete a hat-trick,” she says laughing.

Speaking about her role in the recent biographical drama ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, based on the lives of sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, where she plays an older woman, she reveals that it was a challenging one. “You have to work hard in life, especially when you have decided to go so much out of your comfort zone. I think I have thrived outside my comfort zone,” she says. Being a hyperactive person, she adds that another challenge was to sit for hours at one place. Also, to keep the prosthetic makeup on for 10 to 12 hours in the sun was also hard on her skin. She says: “For an actor, his or her face is very importance. But I wanted to do the role as I knew I was doing something right and that it will be remembered for a long time.”

Having clocked around nine years in the film industry, the actress also admits that things have happened pretty fast for her. Her life, she says, has been a rollercoaster, even before getting a break into film industry. But there have been a lot of moments in her film career when she wanted to quit, and still does. However, the unconditional love she receives gives her the courage to keep going and to make sure she makes the best out of every opportunity that comes her way. “That is all I can do in return for the luck that favoured me,” says the actress, whose upcoming projects include ‘Thappad’, ‘Rashmi Rocket’, Anurag Kashyap’s next (Mithali Raj biopic) and one Telugu film.

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